American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an organization designed to link state legislators with corporations and create templates for state legislation. Some corporations ALEC has worked with include Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, Peabody Energy, and Reynolds Tobacco.
ALEC describes its mission as to “advance limited government, free markets, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public.” 
“ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve 'model' bills.
They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.” 
- Civil Justice
- Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development
- Communications and Technology
- Education and Workforce Development
- Energy, Environment and Agriculture
- Federalism and International Relations
- Health and Human Services
- Justice Performance Project
- Tax and Fiscal Policy
- *Public Safety and Elections task force (since disbanded) 
A Brookings Institution study looked at a sample of 132 ALEC model bills that were introduced during the 2012 legislative season. Republicans sponsored over 90 percent of them. Their study found that the ALEC bills’ likelihood of passing was “strikingly high compared to the dismal rate at which all other bills are enacted into law.” 
In 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) found at least 77 ALEC bills that year opposing renewable energy standards, supporting fracking and the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, or otherwise undermining environmental laws. 
Stance on Climate Change
ALEC has released an official position statement on renewables and climate change: 
Climate change is a historical phenomenon and the debate will continue on the significance of natural and anthropogenic contributions. ALEC will continue to monitor the issue and support the use of sound science to guide policy, but ALEC will also incorporate economic and political realism. Unilateral efforts by the United States or regions within the United States will not significantly decrease carbon emissions globally, and international efforts to decrease emissions have proven politically infeasible and unenforceable. Policymakers in most cases are not willing to inflict economic harm on their citizens with no real benefit. ALEC discourages impractical visionary goals that ignore economic reality, and that will not be met without serious consequences for worldwide standard of living.
The following is taken from ALEC's model bill for “Energy Principles” (PDF):
Global Climate Change is Inevitable. Climate change is a historical phenomenon and the debate will continue on the significance of natural and anthropogenic contributions. ALEC will continue to monitor the issue and support the use of sound science. Regardless, the economy is becoming more energy efficient. Each year we emit less carbon dioxide per dollar of economic output. In fact, carbon dioxide emissions per dollar of GDP declined 41.3 percent between 1981 and 2005. This impressive improvement has taken place without greenhouse gas emissions regulations or taxes. 
Sandy Liddy Bourne, representing ALEC, said in 2004: “Carbon dioxide, the inescapable by-product of burning fossil fuels, is beneficial to plant and human life alike. The effort to regulate it as a greenhouse gas is an attempt to tax energy.” 
After Google parted ways with ALEC due to its inaction on climate change, the group refuted allegations that it denies climate change, saying: “ALEC recognizes that climate change is an important issue,” and “no ALEC model policy denies climate change.” , 
ALEC hosts conferences three times a year where they frequently invite prominent climate change skeptics.
Joe Bast: “There is no scientific consensus on the human role in climate change.” ALEC Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas August, 2014
Craig Idso: “CO2 is not a pollutant. It is a benefit. It is the very elixir of life.” ALEC Conference, December 2014
Marc Morano: “The idea that there is a “scientific consensus” [on climate change] does not hold up.” ALEC Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas August, 2014
Christopher Monckton: “The science [of climate change] is bad, the consensus is wrong.” ALEC Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia July, 2009
Lisa Nelson (ALEC CEO): Asked if she accepts CO2 emissions are the primary driver of climate change: “I don't know the science on that.” Interview with National Journal, published October 2, 2014.
Phil King (ALEC Board member): “I think the global warming theory is bad science.” TX House of Representatives Website, January, 2007.
John Piscopo (ALEC Board member): “The public has been hoodwinked…I have serious doubts about whether [climate change] is man made.” Connecticut Post, March, 2010.
See the attached spreadsheet for additional information on ALEC funding by year (.xlsx). 
ALEC as Recipient
|Searle Freedom Trust||$820,000|
|Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation||$720,000|
|Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation||$700,598|
|Castle Rock Foundation||$650,000|
|The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation||$573,000|
|Jaquelin Hume Foundation||$270,000|
|Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice||$248,000|
|John M. Olin Foundation||$215,000|
|Donors Capital Fund||$322,000|
|American Petroleum Institute||$88,000|
|The Randolph Foundation||$75,000|
|The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation||$75,000|
|Scaife Family Foundation||$50,000|
|The Roe Foundation||$29,500|
|The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation||$28,500|
|Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation||$7,000|
|The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation||$7,000|
ALEC as Donor
|State Policy Network|
According to data from Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets, ALEC has received $1,619,700 from ExxonMobil since 1998. 
Greenpeace investigations ALEC received a grand total of $1,882,690 from Koch-related foundations between 1997 and 2015. 
*Original tax forms prior to 1997 are no longer available for verification. If you include a $60,000 donation from 1993, the grand total Koch Funding jumps to $1,942,690 in Koch funding from 1993 to 2015.
|Year||Charles Koch Foundation||Charles Koch Institute||Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation||Grand Total|
*Original tax forms for data before 1997 is not available for verification.
Alpha Natural Resources Creditor
Alpha Natural Resources, one of the largest coal companies in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy in August of 2015. The American Legislative Exchange Council was among the Alpha Natural Resources creditors revealed in the bankruptcy documents. Others included organizations active in climate change denial such as the Heartland Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute (E&E Legal). 
“The case shows that legislators who deny open records requests and seek refuge behind improbable claims of immunity will be held accountable by the public, the media and the legal system,” said Brendan Fischer, General Counsel for the Center for Media and Democracy.
|Rep. Alan Clemmons||Y||Y||Wisconsin Senate|
|Rep. Blair Thoreson||Y||Y||Indiana Senate|
|Rep. Curry Todd||Y||Y||Y||Utah Senate|
|Rep. David Frizzell||Y||Y||Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Rep. Dawn Pettengill||Y||Y||Texas House of Representatives|
|Rep. Gary Banz||Y||Y||California Senate|
|Rep. Harold Brubaker||Y||Y||Y||Colorado Senate|
|Rep. Jason Saine||Y||Y||South Carolina House|
|Rep. John Piscopo||Y||Y||Y||Maine Senate|
|Rep. Noble Ellington||Y||Y||Y||Indiana House|
|Rep. Norine Kasperik||Y||Y||Mississippi House|
|Rep. Phil King||Y||Y||Georgia Senate|
|Rep. Tom Craddick||Y||Y||Y||Virginia House of Representatives|
|Sen. Andre E. Cushing, III||Y||Wyoming House|
|Sen. Bill L. Cadman||Y||Kansas House|
|Sen. Bill Seitz||Y||Y||Iowa House of Representatives. Also past Co-Chair of Civil Justice Task Force. |
|Sen. Jim Buck||Y||Y||Y||Connecticut House|
|Sen. Joel C. Anderson||Y||North Carolina House|
|Sen. Judson Hill||Y||Y||Ohio Senate|
|Sen. Leah Vukmir||Y||Y||North Dakota House|
|Sen. Susan Wagle||Y||Y||Y||Tennessee House|
|Sen. Wayne Niederhauser||Y||Y||Kansas Senate|
|Speaker Bill Howell||Y||Y||Y||Iowa House|
|Speaker Linda Upmeyer||Y||North Carolina House of Representatives|
|Speaker Philip Gunn||Y||Texas House of Representatives|
|Speaker Ray Merrick||Y||Y||Louisiana House of Representatives|
|Rep. Linda Upmeyer||Y||Y||Immediate Past Chair (Iowa)|
|Sen. Steve Faris||Y||Chair Emeritus (Arkansas)|
|Rep. Bobby Hogue||Y||Chair Emeritus (Arkansas)|
|Rep. Dolores Mertz||Y||Chair Emeritus (Iowa)|
|Sen. Joel Anderson||Y||Board Member (California)|
|Sen. Bill Cadman||Y||Board Member (Colorado)|
|Sen. Andre Cushing||Y||Board Member (Maine)|
|Rep. Philip Gunn||Y||Board Member (Mississippi)|
|Rep. Joe Harrison||Y||Board Member (Louisiana)|
|Rep. Fred Steen II||Y|
|Rep. Dave Frizzell||Y||2012 National Chairman.|
|Rep. Liston Barfield||Y||Secretary.|
|Sen. Curt Bramble||Y|
|Sen. Kent Cravens||Y|
|Rep. Jim Ellington||Y|
|Sen. Billy Hewes III||Y|
|Sen. Owen Johnson||Y|
|Sen. Michael Lamoureux||Y|
|Rep. Steve McDaniel||Y|
|Sen. Ray Merrick||Y|
|Sen. Dean Rhoads||Y|
|Sen. Chip Rogers||Y|
|Sen. William Seitz||Y|
Board of Scholars
|Bob Williams||Y||Y||Y||State Budget Solutions. Founder and Senior Fellow, Evergreen Freedom Foundation|
|Dr. Arthur B. Laffer||Y||Y||Y||Founder and chairman of Laffer Associates. Co-chair of the policy council for the Free Enterprise Fund (FEF).|
|Dr. Richard Vedder||Y||Y||Y||Ohio University|
|Rob Natelson||Y||Senior fellow, Independence Institute.|
|Stephen Moore||Y||Senior economics writer, The Wall Street Journal. Past founder and president of the Club for Growth.|
|Victor Schwartz||Y||Y||Y||Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP|
Private Enterprise Advisory Council
|Lisa B. Nelson||Y||Y||Chief Executive Officer. Former lobbyist for VISA and AOL Time Warner. Also worked for Newt Gingrich and GOPAC. , |
|Amy Kjose Anderson||Y||Y||Director, Civil Justice Task Force|
|Michael Bowman||Y||Y||Y||Vice President, Policy|
|Bartlett Cleland||Y||Y||Vice President, Center for Innovation and Technology|
|Seth Cooper||Y||Y||Amicus Counsel|
|John Eick||Y||Y||Director, Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force|
|William Freeland||Y||Research Analyst, Task Force on Tax and Fiscal Policy|
|Jonathon Hauenschild||Y||Y||Director, Communications and Technology Task Force|
|Brian Hawkins||Y||Y||Policy Coordinator|
|Michael Hough||Y||Y||Director, Task Force on Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development and Justice Performance Project|
|Karla Jones||Y||Y||Y||Director, International Relations and Federalism Task Force|
|Theodore Lafferty||Y||Legal Research Analyst, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force|
|Jon Russell||Y||Director, American City County Exchange|
|Lindsay Russell||Y||Director, Task Force on Education|
|Kati Siconolfi||Y||Y||Y||Legislative Manager, Center for State Fiscal Reform|
|Daniel Turner||Y||Y||Legislative Analyst, Education and Workforce Development Task Force|
|Jonathan Williams||Y||Y||Y||Vice President, Center for State Fiscal Reform|
|Ben Wilterdink||Y||Y||Director, Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development|
|Bill Meierling||Y||Y||Vice President, Public Affairs|
|Christine Phipps||Y||Y||Director, Art and Creative|
|Ashley Varner||Y||Y||Senior Director, Strategic Communications|
|Molly Fuhs||Y||Director, Media and Public Relations|
|Shana Sally||Y||Y||Coordinator, Media and Public Affairs|
|Rek LeCounte||Y||Y||Manager, Digital Media|
|Jeff Lambert||Y||Y||Vice President, Member Relations|
|Sarah McManamon||Y||Director, Events|
|Marie Vulaj||Y||Y||Senior Director, Nonprofit and Corporate Relations|
|Laurel Buckley||Y||Y||Director, Development|
|Courtney Cook||Y||Y||Director, Events|
|Spencer Chretien||Y||Y||Coordinator, Membership|
|Alex McGee||Y||Development Coordinator|
|Lisa Bowen||Y||Y||Vice President, Finance and Administration|
|Genneya Briscoe||Y||Y||Director of Employee Relations, Finance and Administration|
|Jose ‘Pepe’ Fernandez||Y||Office Manager|
|Jimmy Wall||Y||Executive Assistant to the CEO|
|Ron Scheberle||Y||Executive Director since January, 2010.|
|Meaghan Archer||Y||Research Analyst, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.|
|Christine Harbin||Y||Research Manager, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.|
|Christie Herrera||Y||Director, Health and Human Services Task Force.|
|Amy Kjose||Y||Director, Civil Justice Task Force.|
|Stephanie Linn||Y||Policy and Intern Manager.|
|David Myslinski||Y||Director, Education Task Force.|
|Courtney O’Brien||Y||Director, Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development & Public Safety and Elections Task Forces.|
|Sean Riley||Y||Legislative Analyst, Health and Human Services Task Force.|
|John Stephenson||Y||Director, Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force.|
|Cara Sullivan||Y||Legislative Analyst, Public Safety and Elections Task Force.|
|Kailee Tkacz||Y||Research Analyst, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.|
|Bryan Weynand||Y||Legislative Analyst, Civil Justice & Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Forces.|
|Todd Wynn||Y||Director, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force.|
|Wes Fisher||Y||Coordinator, Development|
|Nathan Brinkman||Y||Communications Coordinator, Center for State Fiscal Reform|
|Molly Drenkard||Y||Director, Media Relations and Public Affairs|
|Inez Feltscher||Y||Director, Education and Workforce Development Task Force|
|Jose Fernandez||Y||Office Manager|
|Mia Heck||Y||Director, Health and Human Services Task Force|
|Joe Horvath||Y||Analyst, Tax and Fiscal Policy|
|Montana Hyde||Y||Executive Assistant, Office of the CEO|
|Ted Lafferty||Y||Legal Research Analyst, Tax and Fiscal Policy|
|Ronnie Lampard||Y||Director, Criminal Justice Reform Task Force|
|Hon. Jon Russell||Y||Director, American City County Exchange|
|Lacey White||Y||Coordinator, Events|
Other People (2004)
- Sandy Liddy Bourne — Past “Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Task Force Director.” 
Media Coverage on ALEC
The Moyers and Company television program aired on public television stations, relying heavily on research by the Center for Media and Democracy's ALEC Exposed project, as well as first-hand interviews. , 
Video below. (View transcript here).
February 22 - 25, 2017
July 12, 2016
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), represented by Lisa B. Nelson, was among 22 groups represented in a “Coalition” open letter pushing back against what the Heartland Institute describes as an “affront to free speech.” The groups are responding to the recent Web of Denial Resolution brought up in the Senate, calling out fossil fuel industry-funded groups denying climate change. 
According to the Climate Investigations Center, all but one of the open letter's signatory organizations have taken money (totalling at least $92 million since 1997) from the “climate denial web” including Koch Brothers' various foundations, ExxonMobil, and two “Dark Money” organizations, Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund. 
Championed by Senators Whitehouse, Markey, Schatz, Boxer, Merkley, Warren, Sanders, and Franken, the resolution condemns what they are calling the #WebOfDenial — “interconnected groups – funded by the Koch brothers, major fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, identity-scrubbing groups like Donors Trust and Donors Capital, and their allies – developed and executed a massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change to halt climate action and protect their bottom lines.” 
The open letter addresses the senators, calling them “tyrants”:
“We hear you. Your threat is clear: There is a heavy and inconvenient cost to disagreeing with you. Calls for debate will be met with political retribution. That’s called tyranny. And, we reject it.” 
The full list of signatories and their respective organizations is as follows:
- Grover Norquist — Americans for Tax Reform
- Lisa B. Nelson — American Legislative Exchange Council
- John A. Charles, Jr. — Cascade Policy Institute
- David Rothbard — Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
- Kent Lassman — Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Nicole Neily — Franklin Center for Government and Policy Integrity
- Benita Dodd — Georgia Public Policy Foundation
- Bridgett Wagner — The Heritage Foundation
- Fred Birnbaum — Idaho Freedom Foundation
- Joseph Bast — The Heartland Institute
- J. Robert McClure III — James Madison Institute
- Brett Healy — The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy
- Kory Swanson — John Locke Foundation
- Dave Trabert — Kansas Policy Institute
- Jason Hayes — Mackinac Center for Public Policy
- Brent Mead — Montana Policy Institute
- Sharon J. Rossie — Nevada Policy Research Institute
- Sally Pipes — Pacific Research Institute
- Kevin Kane — Pelican Institute for Public Policy
- Paul J. Gessing — Rio Grande Foundation
- Lynn Taylor — Virginia Institute for Public Policy
- Carol Platt Liebau — Yankee Institute for Public Policy
June 13, 2016
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD/PRWatch) reports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was named as a creditor in Peabody Energy's recent bankruptcy filings. Additionally, the documents list funding a number of ALEC events including the following: 
- ALEC Arkansas State Scholarship Fund
- ALEC Colorado State Scholarship Fund
- ALEC Illinois State Scholarship Fund
- ALEC Indiana State Scholarship Fund
- ALEC Missouri State Scholarship Fund
- ALEC Montana State Scholarship Fund
- ALEC New Mexico State Scholarship Fund
- ALEC Scholarship Fund-Arizona
- ALEC Texas State Scholarship
- ALEC Wyoming Scholarship Fund
- ALEC-MO Night
Prominent individuals appearing in the documents include climate deniers Willie Soon, Richard Lindzen, Roy Spencer and Richard Berman. The long list of organizations also includes groups such as Americans for Prosperity, American Legislative Exchange Council, CFACT, Institute for Energy Research, State Policy Network, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens more. 
“These groups collectively are the heart and soul of climate denial,” said Kert Davies, founder of the Climate Investigation Center, who has spent 20 years tracking funding for climate denial. “It’s the broadest list I have seen of one company funding so many nodes in the denial machine.”
The company’s filings reveal funding for a range of organisations which have fought Barack Obama’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and denied the very existence of climate change. […]
Among Peabody’s beneficiaries, the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change has insisted – wrongly – that carbon emissions are not a threat but “the elixir of life” while the American Legislative Exchange Council is trying to overturn Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity campaigns against carbon pricing. The Oklahoma chapter was on the list. […]
“The breadth of the groups with financial ties to Peabody is extraordinary. Thinktanks, litigation groups, climate scientists, political organisations, dozens of organisations blocking action on climate all receiving funding from the coal industry,” said Nick Surgey, director of research for the Center for Media and Democracy.
“We expected to see some denial money, but it looks like Peabody is the treasury for a very substantial part of the climate denial movement.”
Notable organizations listed in the initial documents include:
- 60 Plus Association
- The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
- American Energy Alliance
- Alliance For Energy And Economic Growth
- American Energy Alliance
- American Legislative Exchange Council
- Americans For Prosperity Oklahoma
- Atlas Economic Research Foundation
- Berman And Company, Inc
- Consumer Energy Alliance
- Center For Clean Air Policy
- Center for Energy and Economic Development
- Center For The Study Of Carbon Dioxide And Global Change
- Coalition for Responsible Regulation
- Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
- Council on State Taxation
- DCI Group AZ, LLC
- Ducks Unlimited
- Energy & Environment Legal Institute
- Edison Electric Institute
- Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
- Free Market Environmental Law Clinic
- Frontiers Of Freedom Institute
- George C. Marshall Institute
- Hill Knowlton Strategies
- Hill Knowlton, Inc
- Hudson Institute
- Hunton & Williams
- Independence Institute
- Institute For Energy Research
- Institute for Liberty
- National Association of Manufacturers
- National Black Chamber of Commerce
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- National Mining Association
- National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
- National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
- NextGen Energy Council
- PACE (May refer to Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy)
- Science & Public Policy Institute
- Sidley Austin LLP
- State Policy Network
- Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute
- Texas Public Policy Foundation
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Western Business Roundtable
Notable individuals named in the initial documents include the following:
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was among organizations named in a Massachusetts subpoena looking for communications between ExxonMobil and organizations denying climate change, reports The Washington Times. 
Organizations named in the Massachusetts subpoena include the following: 
- The Centre for Industrial Progress
- The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
- The American Enterprise Institute
- Americans for Prosperity
- The American Legislative Exchange Council
- The American Petroleum Institute
- The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University
- The George C. Marshall Institute
- The Heartland Institute
- Mercatus Center at George Mason University
This latest inquiry by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one in a series of investigations into what ExxonMobil knew about climate change and when, started by a coalition of attorneys general in the US. 
March 24, 2016
The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter and Center for Media and Democracy released a report detailing ALEC's attempts to delay action on climate change in Virginia. The report, “AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL (ALEC) EXPOSED: Corporate Polluters Undermining Clean Power in Virginia” (PDF) details how ALEC and its political allies have worked to combat state climate and clean energy policy. , 
“I was pleased that during the 2016 General Assembly session we were able—at least so far—to fend off ALEC’s attempt to derail Virginia’s plan to curb emissions and comply with the Clean Power Plan,” said Virginia Delegate Rip Sullivan (D-48). “It is disappointing and troubling, though, that ALEC-inspired HB2 and SB21 passed the General Assembly–thankfully not by veto-proof majorities. Virginia should be leading the way on clean energy, but sadly, we lag far behind. I will continue to work hard to push for meaningful progress, moving Virginia toward a new clean energy economy.”
Seth Heald, chair of the Seirra Club Virginia Chapter, notes that corporations “simply cannot be serious about reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change while also supporting ALEC.” 
- American Electric Power (AEP)
- Balanced Energy for Texas
- American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)
- Cigar Association of America
- An Inquiry into The Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States* (new book by Travis Brown & ALEC board member Stephen Moore, ALEC advisor Art Laffer, and Missouri political financier Rex Sinquefield)
- Luminant (subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings)*
- State Policy Network (SPN)
- Citizens for Self-Governance
- Altria (Phillip Morris tobacco parent company)*
- American Bail Coalition*
- Encore Capital Group (subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings)*
- Guarantee Trust Life (GTL)*
- Collaborative for Student Success
- Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA)
- Astellas Pharma
- Breitling Energy
- CenterPoint Energy
- Crown Packaging
- Duke Energy
- Excelsior College
- Oncor (subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings)*
- Ryan (tax services company)
- Time Warner Cable
- Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR)
- Capelo Law Firm
- Devon Energy
- The Graydon Group LLC
- Bright House Media Strategies
- Piedmont Natural Gas
- Renovate America
- Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
- Tenaska Capital Management
- Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
- Texas Cable Association
- Texas Medical Association
- Texas Association of Builders
- Texas Business Roundtable
- Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA)
- Texans for Lawsuit Reform
- The Schlueter Group
- Texas Strategy Group
- Texas Star Alliance Energy Solutions
Shortly after the loss of a number of high-profile sponsors, ALEC threatened legal action against groups that had accused it of denying climate change.
“We don’t think ALEC or organizations like it are done attacking progress on climate change,” said Kert Davies, an environmental activist running the nonprofit Climate Investigations Center. “It is hard to imagine these organizations turning a corner and suddenly being open to an honest discussion of real environmental policy.”
The Center for Media and Democracy's (CMD) obtained an internal tracking document from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), dated March 2014 (See .xls spreadsheet), that revealed ALEC tracking 131 bills that “amongst other things, roll back state renewable energy standards, increase costs for American households with solar, hype the Keystone XL pipeline, push back on proposed EPA coal regulations that protect human health, and create industry-friendly fracking rules despite growing national and international concerns about fracking.” 
The Center for Media and Democracy's (CMD) PR Watch reports that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) adopted a “model” bill that would fight against regional low-carbon fuel standards (LCFS) in the states. 
CMD reports that the model bill, called “Restrictions on Participation in Low-Carbon Fuel Standards Programs,” was sponsored at a November, 2012 ALEC conference in Washington by Steve Higley, a lobbyist from the U.S.-based industry group American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). AFPM includes members from both Koch Industries and ExxonMobil, who are also represented on ALEC's Private Enterprise Advisory Council.
Huffington Post reports how Chevron and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) worked together to oppose the 1973 Endangered Species Act, and its supposed challenges to energy developers. 
Chevron sponsored a workshop as part of ALEC's policy summit in Washington, D.C. that covered how the law “often negatively impacts and stifles energy development of all kinds,” according to a planning document (PDF).
July 13, 2011
The Center for Media Democracy (CMD) and The Nation published a leaked file that revealed over 800 examples of ALEC's model legislation. The Nation attributes the leak to Aliya Rahman, an Ohio-based activist who helped organize protests at ALEC’s Spring Task Force meeting in Cincinnati. 
CMD now hosts the website “ALEC Exposed” which houses examples of ALEC's model legislation previously unavailable to the public. The website also provides tools to track politicians, corporations, and bills with ties to ALEC.
The Nation devoted a special edition of their magazine to the breaking story, and included the following articles published in the August 1-8 edition of the magazine, and online on July 12, 2011:
- John Nichols. “ALEC Exposed.”
- Joel Rogers and Laura Dresser. “ALEC Exposed: Business Domination Inc.”
- Wendell Potter. “ALEC Exposed: Sabotaging Healthcare.”
- Lisa Graves. “ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection.”
- Julie Underwood. “ALEC Exposed: Starving Public Schools.”
- John Nichols. “ALEC Exposed: Rigging Elections.”
Around the same time, the Los Angeles Times reported that government watchdog Common Cause was challenging ALEC's nonprofit status, arguing “it spends most of its resources lobbying, in violation of the rules governing nonprofit organizations.” 
OpenSecrets.org reports that the 23 companies represented on ALEC's private enterprise board spent large amounts lobbying the government on health and environmental measures such as bills that would block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. 
ALEC orchestrated opposition against EPA regulations on greenhouse gasses with their model legislation, “Resolution in Opposition to EPA's Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act.”
The model legislation opposes “EPA's endangerment finding and any regulation of greenhouse gases, citing the massive economic burden that would result and the global nature of climate emissions.”
ALEC says it will “continue to support the efforts of state legislatures in resisting the EPA’s regulatory agenda” and “urges Congress to take the concerns of these states seriously and stop this regulatory train wreck in order to avoid the enormous negative impacts the EPA’s overreaching regulations will have.” 
ALEC also offers a document titled “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck: Strategies for State Legislators” that “outlines best practices for state legislators (including following the many states that are considering resolutions in 2011 to call for Congress to slow and stop this regulatory onslaught [by the EPA]).”
ALEC has published materials downplaying the risks of global warming before, including “Climate Change Overview for State Legislators” (PDF) written by Daniel Simmons, previously associated with the Mercatus Institute (an organization founded and funded by Koch Industries).
Clint Woods of ALEC said that the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and other cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction plans would become the “new battlefield” after federal climate legislation fell through. 
ALEC launched opposition to “Son of Kyoto” legislation across the country.
“States should reject every form of Kyoto legislation for the very same reasons as our leaders in Washington, D.C.,” said Alexandra Liddy Bourne. “The Kyoto Protocol is just another highly regressive energy tax on America's working families, with no measurable benefit to environmental or human health.” 
American Legislative Exchange Council Contact & Location
2900 Crystal Drive, 6th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
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